So I present to you!
The Best Romances of The Aughts (In My
(Satine and Christian, Moulin Rouge; Yvaine and Tristan, Stardust; Amelie and Nino, Amelie, Torrance and Cliff, Bring it On)
Best Movie Romance
James Bond and Vesper Lynd, Casino Royale
Bond: You know, I think I'll call that a "Vesper."
Vesper: Because of the bitter aftertaste?
Bond: No. Because once you've tasted it, it's all you want to drink. I thought it was a quite a good line.
Vesper: It was a very good line.
Bond: But you're laughing at it.
Vesper: Not so much it, as you.
Bond: Oh, well, that's fine, then.
First of all, these two GQ Motherfuckers get two quotes, because that's how awesome they are (and I also had some white space to fill). Second of all, I firmly believe that Casino Royale would not have been nearly as good without their relationship.
What makes Casino Royale so good is because it made Bond human, in a very scary, violent way. But because they got rid of all the “I’ll use my jetpack to escape!” absurdity and made him into a real, not entirely endearing person, the writers had to add something to make him sympathetic. Enter Vesper. They were such a perfect match: bitchy, witty, and extremely attractive. They played off each other so well and the two of them made me want to run around
(Penelope and Harry, Eva Rice's Lost Art of Keeping Secrets; Blue Van Meer and Zach Soderberg, Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamaity Physics; Remy and Dexter, Sarah Dessen's This Lullaby; Liesel and Rudy, Markus Zusak's The Book Thief)
Best Literary Romance
Georgia Nicolson and Dave the Laugh, Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series (On the Bright Side, I am Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God through Are These my Basoomas I See Before Me?)
I looked at him.
He has the loveliest smile.
I said to him, “You said ‘Are these my basoomas I see before me,’ and everyone heard you.”
He said, “I know, I am the vati.”
I said, “Yeah, you are the double-timing vati.”
He said, “What do you mean?”
“You know, your secret girlfriend that you dumped Emma for.”
He looked at me. “You may be the thickest chick alive. You’re the secret girlfriend, you daft tart.”
And he kissed me.
I said, “So, do you want to be my girlfriend? I mean, do you want to…”“Go on then, Sex Kitty. I’ll be your girlfriend. It’ll probably all end in tears. Mine. But I am Dave the Biscuit. I will survive.”
So I know that NO ONE reads these, but you should. Because they are the funniest books ever. And this is the greatest relationship ever. That quote? It’s from the last book. Last pages, actually. But it’s not a spoiler. You know that they’re going to get together sometime around book 5, and you know it’s going not going to happen until the very end. But that doesn’t matter. They are awesome 24/7.
Louise Rennison is a really clever writer and I love how she set up the dynamic between these two. With Robbie and
(Bright and Hannah, Everwood; Booth and Brennan, Bones; Wesley and Fred, Angel; Daniel and Charlotte, Lost)
(Bright and Hannah also get this youtube clip, because it makes me believe in love. True facts
Best Television Romance
The Doctor and Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
The Doctor: I promised Jackie I'd always take you back home
Rose: Everyone leaves home in the end.
The Doctor: Not to end up stuck here.
Rose: Yeah, but stuck with you - that's not so bad.
The Doctor: Yeah?
OH, LIKE IT WOULD BE ANYONE ELSE.
There is not a whole lot I can say here that I and many others have not said before. I love these two. And I don’t care which Doctor it is, either. Nine, Ten, Other Ten, it doesn’t matter. Because none of that impacts the core of their relationship: these are two people who are always happy to be around each other. That’s all. Throughout season 1, 2, and 4, it’s so clear that they just love to be together. It never had to be sweeping and romantic, because they were both so aware of how much they cared about each other. That’s also why they never had to verbalize their feelings (I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when Rose said “I love you,” it was one of the saddest scenes on the show). Theirs is a lovely little relationship, pure and simple.